Posts tagged with "tech"
RIP Google Inbox

Google has a proud tradition of shutting down services that become cult classics rather than smash hits. Examples include Google Reader, the Orkut social network and (to a much lesser extent) Google Plus. The latest addition to this hall of fame is Inbox, the app that revolutionised email (but only for those who knew about it), which will be shut down at the beginning of next month. Already its load time has been artificially lengthened and every page view blighted with an exhortation to switch back to Gmail. I’ve put...

The inner page

This article is not intended as an example of good programming or prudent life decisions. The other day I needed to pull a full HTML page into the middle of another page at set intervals. This second page had JavaScript that needed to execute on load, and I didn’t want to use an iframe or object because of the gross scrollbars. I more-or-less succeeded through a couple of filthy hacks in which I take inordinate pride. It was one of those situations where you think it’s going to be an...

Spotify vs Google Music

Spotify recently launched in South Africa, so I decided to try it out. I’ve been reasonably happy with Google Music up until this point, but with Spotify being the music streaming service, I felt it was worth seeing if I’d been missing out or not. So I signed up for the 30-day premium trial and made some comparisons to Google Music, culminating in this post. Spotify’s intended experience is clearly through the desktop application, of which versions exist for Windows, Mac and Linux. There’s also a web...

The project wizard

Here’s something I find software increasingly doing that irritates me a little bit: the startup project wizard. For an example, look at just modern programming IDEs like PyCharm, RAD gamedev tools like Unity and GameMaker Studio and even newer versions of the pentesting-focused HTTP proxy tool Burpsuite. Open any of these programs and you’ll be greeted by a project wizard. Before you can actually use the program to do any programming/gamedev/traffic interception/etc, you have to go through a bunch of menus to create a new project with...

RSS: there's nothing better

“An RSS feed? That’s so 2007!” “Well then what do you suggest instead?” “Everyone gets their updates through their Facebook feeds these days! Just make a Facebook page!” “That sounds great! Then half of my subscribers will see half of my updates, during weeks in which Zuckerberg chooses to weigh the algorithms more towards news and less towards friends’ photos. Also everyone has to have a Facebook account.” “Yeah, okay, point made. Twitter is better anyway: it’s totally public, doesn’t force people to sign in to see feeds, and its feeds aren’t subject to...